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“Killer Cs” Craig and Carpenter filling Pujols’s shoes

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

5 Responses to ““Killer Cs” Craig and Carpenter filling Pujols’s shoes”

  1. leftie32 Says:

    What about an adjustment for the first year with a new club and in a new league?

  2. Pip Says:

    You mean the league in which he gets to play 20% of his games without having to play in the field? The previous two seasons, he lost 6% and 8% year-to-year in wOBA. This year he has lost only 5%. So he’s clearly adjusting!

    I’m sure that Albert appreciates your undying apologizing. 😉

  3. leftie32 Says:

    I don’t know if this is true or not, but I think he lived with his agent, Dan Lozano, for the first part of the season. Lozano has a radically different lifestyle than Pujols is used to (to say it nicely). Pujols’ family was still here in St. Louis until the summer when school finished. Do you think that messed with his adjustment to a new team and environment? I think next year will be better. The intangibles matter and often cannot be meausured accurately.

    I’m a Cards’ fan before a Pujols’ fan, but give the guy a break! 🙂

  4. Pip Says:

    I believe that I read that, as well, leftie. That’s a possible explanation, but remember that he started slowly last year in St. Louis, as well. All I’m saying is that his numbers (and ongoing decline) this year really aren’t surprising given his recent performance.

    My post wasn’t intended as a personal slight on Pujols. It’s a simple matter of actual production, and Craig and Carpenter are getting the job done.

  5. leftie32 Says:

    Yes agreed I’m liking Craig (and Carpenter) more and more as I watch them. I have to admit I didn’t think Craig was going to be as successful as he has been (note my comment about his big, inefficient swinging motion at the plate when we were at the game on Sunday). It’s nice to see although I miss the Big Puma out there.

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